MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) The tenth member of the All-Scholastic Sports Team is Chad Williams, an MEC Star Student and infielder at Quitman High School. According to his former baseball coach and current teacher, Scott Crenshaw, self-motivation is one of the things that sets Williams apart.
“He wants to learn the game and he wants to improve and he’s not satisfied with staying on the level where he’s at,” he said. “And that’s what makes him so, such a great student and athlete. That he never settles for second best, he just wants to improve.”
Williams’s list of accolades includes National Honor Society and a 3.98 GPA. Yet his hard work comes from a desire to elevate others.
“I think my motivation would be more not really for myself but to better like the people and places around me,” said Williams. “So instead of saying like, ‘I did it because I want to better myself’ it was more of to make things better for the next person up.”
In addition wanting to make those around him better, Williams makes an effort to put his best foot forward, despite difficult circumstances.
“My goals on the field I guess would just have to be more of, to always overcome adversity, no matter how bad the situation is or how bad like the other team gets up on us. It’s always to still play our game and always still do the best we can – the best I can – to find a way I guess.”
It is this ‘never-back-down’ work ethic that continues to impress his current baseball coach.
“Unfortunately I’m the third baseball coach this year,” Quitman athletic director and baseball coach, Brian Jordan, said. “And Chad’s never given up, never slowed down, never once questioned anything we were trying to do. He’s always just stepped up and led.”
Yet equally impressive to his coaches is Williams’ work ethic when nobody is watching.
“He doesn’t do it for notoriety,” said Jordan. “Matter of fact, Chad had no idea he was going to be recognized for this. He does things just because that’s the way things are supposed to be done and it’s the right thing to do.”